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League Two

Shrimps leave Bentley purring

11 November 2012

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley was full of praise for his side after they recorded their best home win of the season with a convincing 4-1 victory over Barnet.

Early first-half goals from Kevin Ellison and Andy Fleming put the Shrimps in charge before a pair of late penalties from Richard Brodie saw off the resurgent Bees. Jon Nurse grabbed a consolation at the death.

Bentley said: "I thought we were fantastic overall against a Barnet side who have been improving in recent weeks.

"They hadn't conceded a goal for four games before today but we got at them straight from the off and scored two in the first 10 minutes and looked superb.

"We got a bit sloppy then and found it hard to pass the ball around as we would have liked as the pitch became a bit heavy and I had to have a few words at half-time to make sure we didn't fall off the pace and let them back into the game.

"They took those words on board and got the two penalties at the end to make it look more convincing and I'm delighted with the three points. We have been playing good football without getting the results we deserve in recent weeks but today we got it right.''

Barnet boss Mark Robson was left bemoaning his team's dismal start to the game

He said: "We just weren't at the races in the first half and didn't get going at all. I was surprised how poor we started and I don't really know why we were so poor.

"We have to make sure we get ourselves up for every game and that didn't happen today. It's strange because we have been on a decent run but it just didn't happen which was disappointing because we have been so solid in recent weeks.

"We looked OK in the second half and if we had started like that it might have been a different story. I wasn't happy with both their late penalties although it didn't matter in the end. I was pleased for Jon Nurse to get a consolation at the end because he did well but it was a rare highlight for us and we have to dust ourselves down and bounce back.''

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